American Lung Association in Boston Raises Over $50,000 For 5th Annual LUNG FORCE Walk
(June 9, 2019) - BOSTON
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The 5th Annual LUNG FORCE Walk in Boston drew out over 400 people and raised over $50,000 this weekend at Franklin Park Zoo. The 3 mile walk honored local LUNG FORCE Heroes, survivors, advocates and families. The Boston Walk is part of the nationwide LUNG FORCE campaign by the American Lung Association, that aims to raise funds for research, early detection, advocacy, education and awareness for lung cancer, particularly awareness about the high rate of lung cancer in women.
“1 in 17 American women will get lung cancer in her lifetime and half of all women diagnosed with lung cancer will not even survive one year,” said Karen Whitefield, Executive Director for the American Lung Association in Massachusetts. “These are not just statistics - they are our mothers, our grandmothers, our daughters, nieces and friends. This event helps us reach hundreds of families in the Boston area that need our support. It's also an opportunity to educate them on risk factors and early detection methods which can save lives."
The family friendly event features a "Walkers Village" which includes interactive educational tents, exhibitors, music, entertainment, and fun for the whole family. The event also included a warm up with Brian Trzaskos from the Institute for Rehabilitative Qigong and Tai Chi, several moments to honor survivors and those currently fighting the disease, as well as an award ceremony to acknowledge top fundraisers and long-time walk veterans.
Danielle LoPilato, team captain of Diane's Clan, the event’s highest fundraising team said, “Participating in the Lung Force Walk means my mother did not die in vain. We are here, on her 60th birthday, to promote awareness with the hope that others do not suffer the same fate.” Danielle personally raised over $4,000 and her team raised nearly $8,000.
Lung cancer remains the #1 cancer killer of both men and women in the United States. Over the past five years the LUNG FORCE campaign has funded $12 million in lung cancer research, and $5 million in increasing public health awareness around the prevention of lung disease. In addition, LUNG FORCE has helped secure a 69% increase in National Institutes of Health lung cancer research funding, which has led to an unprecedented 22 (and counting!) new FDA approved treatments for lung cancer patients.
About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.
About LUNG FORCE
LUNG FORCE is a new national movement led by the American Lung Association to unite women against lung cancer, the #1 cancer killer of women. LUNG FORCE has three priorities: 1) Make lung cancer a cause that people care about—and act on; 2) Educate and empower patients and healthcare providers and 3) Raise critical funds for lung cancer research. The American Lung Association's LUNG FORCE is nationally presented by CVS Health. Find out more at LUNGFORCE.org.
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